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Album Review

Okay, here's the problem: in 1975, Elektra released The Best of Carly Simon, which compiled her hits from 1971-1975. Simon then scored a couple more big hits for Elektra ("Nobody Does It Better," "You Belong to Me") before leaving the label in 1979, but not enough to justify another compilation. She had another hit on Warners ("Jesse"), where she spent the early '80s, crapped out on Epic, for whom she made one album in 1985, and revived her career on Arista starting with the Top 40 hit "Coming Around Again" in 1986. That means her catalog contained one obsolete best-of, while her other hits were strewn across several labels. The solution? A live album, of course. Except that Simon had developed stage fright. Nevertheless, she was persuaded to do one show at her Martha's Vineyard summer home, which was filmed for the HBO special and home video Carly in Concert: Coming Around Again and taped for this album. The set list contained the most familiar of the early-'70s hits — "You're So Vain," "Anticipation," "The Right Thing to Do" — some of the later ones — "Nobody Does It Better," "You Belong to Me," "Coming Around Again," and some recent material. The material was well performed, and though these of course were re-recordings, the album's gold-selling commercial success confirmed that Simon's fans were looking for a good career retrospective and willing to settle.

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This is wonderful!! Literally, "Nobody does it better" when it comes to feeleing a song!

I disagree with the reviewer's last comment about settling. Every time I hear a Carly Simon song, I feel as if the song has been reinvented all over again by her. Each song of hers brings back a distinct memory or story from my life and events! If only -- just if only -- some of these artists today could have half of what she brings to a song, they would be indeed be great. Who else do I know can sing Itsy Bitsy Spider and put so much feeling into it? And bringing the children out to sing accompaniament was a stroke of genius on her part! Blessings to Carly for spreading the joy that music can truly and was meant to be.


One of my ALL TIME FAVORITES: listened to it while driving across the country and can listen to it 5-hundred times a day --- LOVE IT!!!!! My husband stepped on my CD, and broke it --- purchased the wrong album as a replacement and it just wasn't the same: Carly is at her best on the Vineyard and this album is wonderful!!!


Born: June 25, 1945 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Carly Simon was one of the most popular of the confessional singer/songwriters who emerged in the early '70s. The youngest child in an upper-class New York family (her father, Richard Simon, co-founded the Simon & Schuster publishing company), Simon got her start in music as part of a duo with her sister Lucy (who later wrote the music for the Broadway show The Secret Garden). The Simon Sisters had a chart single with "Winkin' Blinkin' and Nod" in April 1964. But Simon's solo debut did not come until...
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